Selectmen and Road Agent Meet to Discuss Highway Budget Deficit

0:00:00 Pledge
0:00:25 Parks Rec
0:15:42 Lloyd “program budgets”
0:21:45 Jim Bean / Roads
budget review

0:42:30 seasonal expenditures
2016: Fall maintenance $28,309.50
0:47:25 Chip: take extraordinary events (weather) out of road budget. It makes it impossible to budget.
1:00:00 Lloyd: office space for road agent?
1:12:00 Trucks

Selectmen’s Meeting July 10, 2017

0:00:00 call to order / pledge
0:00:30 Public comment (no comment)
0:01:00 DEPARTMENT UPDATES
0:01:01 Library
Summer reading program
Library will need new computers in 2018
0:17:46 Buildings/Code/Health
0:21:30 Transfer Station
As of end of June:
$42,500 total revenue ($32k 2016)
45 solid waste containers (42 in 2016)
51 construction debris containers (49 in 2016)
13 plastic containers (same in 2016)
Buildings at transfer station repainted
Hazardous waste collection: July 29 in Meredith, August 5 in Ossipee (just need Tuftonboro transfer station sticker on car)
You can also go to Wolfeboro but you have to pay
0:46:45 APPOINTMENT: Sue Weeks
In regards to the CEMETERY HEARING on July 24 on Thompson-Moulton Cemetery, Cemetery Trustees would like the Moulton part of the cemetery to remained “abandoned” (legal term).
0:57:00 Road Agent (Continue DEPARTMENT UPDATES)
1:14:05 REVIEW AND APPROVE MINUTES
1:18:20 SIGNATURE FILE
1:24:15 CONTINUED BUSINESS (none)
1:24:30 SELECTMEN’S UPDATES
1:36:25 CORRESPONDENCE
1:40:00 Bill did research on RSA 31-95 Public hearing to accept donations in excess of $10,000 (cash or value of gift)
1:43:10 Public Comment
1:54:30 Non-public for legal

Selectmen’s Meeting July 3, 2017

0:00:28 Call to Order
0:00:50 Pledge
0:01:25 PUBLIC COMMENT
Max Ledoux — Durgin Road paved. Cars speeding. Spoke to Chief Shagoury about radar trailer
0:02:50 APPOINTMENTS
Road Agent didn’t come for appointment
0:03:30 REVIEW AND APPROVE MINUTES
0:05:00 SIGNATURE FILE
0:06:15 Lot 413-1-16 owes yield tax
Re-appointment of Michael Phelps to conservation commission
Mark Howard
0:08:35 Lloyd “we can go into non-public any time we’re in a legal meeting.”
0:09:00 Letter to county commissioners about county taxes
0:10:30 Lot 65-3-2 yield tax owed, owner has filed intent to cut.
0:14:40 CONTINUED BUSINESS
Hurlbut Trust
0:15:47 Oil / Diesel
Carroll County Oil prices: oil $1.799, diesel $0.15 over cost
price locked in for one year
0:19:25 Application for state aid for bridges — Sodom Road & Tuftonboro Neck Road
0:24:20 Lloyd says HEB was involved in several road projects in town in the past that have had issues, including overruns. Lloyd not sure HEB at fault, but wonders about putting out projects to bid. Chip says we’ll have to put out to bid and also points out that HEB didn’t select the company on one of the projects that ended up going bankrupt. Bill points out that HEB brought to the attention of the selectmen that Tuftonboro wasn’t on the state list of bridges to be repaired.
0:30:00 SELECTMEN’S UPDATES
Bill: Milfoil
0:32:10 Lloyd: Mirror Lake Protective Association, Mirror Lake Watershed Association, note to Chief Shagoury (No Parking ordinance at Union Wharf), letter from Carol Miller re TimeWarner/Spectrum transfer station
0:37:40 Discussion of Road Agent budget. Selectmen want to meet with Jim regularly (every two weeks) so that meetings don’t last two hours.

0:39:03 Video stopped by accident (off camera began discussion of cleaning up 19 Mile Bay beach.)

0:39:04 Trash at 19 Mile Beach
Suggestion to install motion-activated surveillance camera.
0:44:29 CORRESPONDENCE
0:45:06 OTHER BUSINESS
0:45:20 Selectmen to attend Ragged Island Day event (free donuts and coffee!)
0:46:15 PUBLIC COMMENT
Elissa Paquette: Federal election fraud commission seeking public information about voting from states.
0:48:12 Max: Clarify cost of Diesel (will fluctuate over the year)
0:48:50 Elissa: follow up on bridges
0:52:20 motion to go to non-public session to discuss personnel matters

Richard Sager Charges $20 for Paralegal to Watch YouTube Video

Richard Sager, attorney
Richard Sager
Photo credit: sagerhaskell.com

Richard Sager of Sager & Smith, PLLC (previously of Sager & Haskell, PLLC), in Ossipee, NH, charged the taxpayers of Tuftonboro $20 for his paralegal, Heather Wrigley, to watch a 12 minute YouTube video posted by yours truly.

The $20 YouTube-watching charge appears on Sager & Smith’s April, 2017, invoice to the town for charges related to the Tuftonboro vs. McWhirter & Ledoux case.

The selectmen sued Bob McWhirter and me in an attempt to avoid their duty under the law to make governmental records available for inspection at no charge. As Sager admitted in court earlier this month, RSA 91-A states that “no fee shall be charged for the inspection” of governmental records.

Taxpayers have spent $12,405.59 on Sager’s legal services, specifically related to this case, from November 2016, to May 15, 2017, according to a review of Sager’s invoices, which are public documents (i.e., governmental records) and were provided to Betsy Frago and me by the selectmen after we made Right to Know requests to inspect them. Contradictorily, the town did not attempt to charge us to inspect the invoices, even though the selectmen are suing Bob and me in order to try to get the Court to rewrite the law in order to allow them to charge us a fee to inspect governmental records.

The invoice notes a $20 charge for “.20” hours (12 minutes) billed at Wrigley’s $60 per hour paralegal fee for “Save defendant’s latest video to our file” on April 24, 2017.

The “latest video” at that time was this 12-minute, 28-second video that I posted on April 3:

I suppose we should be grateful that Sager did not round up the fee from 2/10 to 3/10 of an hour and bill us an additional $10 for that 28 seconds!

The hearing in this case was on June 12, 2017, in Carroll County Superior Court with Judge Ignatius presiding and can be viewed in its entirety here:

We have not yet received a decision from the court.

Selectmen’s Meeting, June 26, 2017

Selectmen’s meeting 6-26-17
0:00:00 call to order / pledge
0:00:20 PUBLIC UPDATE
Max Ledoux Durgin Road paving / RTK for Sager invoices
0:03:30 FD UPDATE
Replaced engine on one of the trucks
Ambulance went out four times for mutual aide to other towns since July 2016
0:17:40 Chip asks about mutual aide agreements for boat and ambulance
0:22:45 No billing process in place for ambulance
0:25:30 PD UPDATE
0:36:50 Kevin Fournier HEB – Bridges
0:52:40 BIDS for Rescue Truck (FD)
Winner: $8,777
0:58:45 REVIEW OF MINUTES
1:00:00 SIGNATURE FILE
1:07:50 CONTINUED BUSINESS
1:02:15 SELECTMEN’S UPDATES
1:19:10 Lloyd: Cleanup of town-owned property (Dore property)
1:20:00 Selectmen bring up possibility of selling properties again
1:20:45 Old business — oil/propane prices
1:25:00 CORRESPONDENCE
1:30:00 unlicensed dogs
Guy/Max ambulance mutual aide agreements
1:41:10 Joe Kowalski question about tent / dogs
1:42:50 Elisse Paquette

Selectmen Meet with Road Agent

The selectmen (Lloyd Wood, Bill Marcussen, and Chip Albee) with with Jim Bean, the Road Agent, on Friday, June 16, 2017. They discussed the paving on Durgin and Union Wharf Roads, summer mowing of town roads, and the status of driveways on Durgin and Ledge Hill Roads.

Selectmen’s Meeting for June 5, 2017

0:00:10 pledge
0:00:20 PUBLIC INPUT
Guy: Brown Road
Max: Ambulance out of town
0:3:45 APPOINTMENT David Ladd
0:27:00 REVIEW MINUTES
0:31:30 SIGNATURE FILE
0:35:10 Table renewal contract with PRIMEX (insurance) so board can review
0:46:35 CONTINUED BUSINESS
0:47:40 Lake Road Boat Ramp contract awarded to Matthew Young
0:50:00 Culverts survey
0:57:00 Carroll County wants municipalities to send money twice a year
1:12:40 SELECTMEN’S UPDATES
Lloyd: Meeting with attorney at 1PM on Friday. Also a non-public meeting for performance review.
1:14:05 Chip: Parks & Rec
Bill: Planning Board working on Master Plan
1:20:00 Lloyd: Conservation committee
1:29:00 PUBLIC COMMENT

Rocks on Brown Road Moved; Still Blocking Access to Lower Beech Pond

This week Tuftonboro Road Agent Jim Bean moved the rocks on Brown Road that had been placed in the town’s right of way by Ted and Carol Steinman along their property. The Steinmans put the rocks in the right of way last year after getting approval from Carolyn Sundquist, who was at the time the chairman of the board of selectmen. The current board of selectmen has disavowed Carolyn’s actions, saying that she acted alone without the full approval of the board.

Here is a photograph of the access to the pond on May 18:

And here is the access on May 25: